Bachelor of Dementia Care
Study Australia’s first degree in dementia care
Make a difference to the lives of people living with Australia’s second-leading cause of death. Understand changes in the brain that occur with dementia patients. Learn practical strategies to help care for people experiencing these symptoms.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
QS RANKING 2020
Times Higher Education Ranking 2020
Upon successful completion of this degree, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate that knowledge of dementia and related care is derived from multiple disciplines and that such knowledge underpins different models of care
- Demonstrate knowledge of the neuropathology of dementia and associated manifestations across the trajectory of the condition
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and evaluate the evidence behind contemporary preventative and therapeutic approaches to optimising the health and care of people with dementia and their carers across the trajectory of the condition
- Formulate, apply and evaluate collaborative, socially responsible, person-centred approaches to issues involving people with dementia, their families, carers, inter-professional healthcare teams and the broader community
- Generate evidence-based strategies to share knowledge and influence change in response to opportunities and challenges in contemporary dementia care
- Source, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information in dementia studies from the international, peer reviewed literature
Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe, posing significant challenges to people living with dementia, their families, communities and the health care sector. The Dementia Care Program provides students with a deep knowledge of dementia, the changes that occur in the brain, the behaviours and needs associated with changes, and practical strategies necessary to help care for people living with dementia.
Students will gain advanced problem-solving skills, along with an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice. Graduates will be prepared for a range of career paths in the aged care and health sector.
Open enrolment subjects
Successful completion of 4 subjects through OUA including at least 3 of the following:
- CAD003, XBR121, CAD005 and/or CAD115
Students may apply based on previous higher education study:
- Tertiary applicants with completed prior university study undertaken at the Associate Degree level or above at any Australian University, or the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent.
- Applicants with partial University study at the Associate Degree level or higher with a passing GPA (ie 4.0/7.0) based on a minimum of 2 x 12.5 credit points of undergraduate–degree level units.
- Completed UTAS University Preparation Program or an Australian University equivalent. A completed UTAS UPP consists of 8 x 12.5 credit point units or the equivalent of 100 credit points including the core units.
Minimum ATAR of 60
AQF Cert IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
Work and Life
Supporting Statement/Personal Competency Statement with reference to;
- Extensive or sustained work experience or,
- Completion of the Understanding Dementia MOOC and/or the Preventing Dementia MOOC or,
- Being a family, friend or carer of someone living with dementia; in a paid or non-paid capacity
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Bachelor of Dementia Care is Australia's first degree in dementia care. It is available to domestic or international students, from carers to health professionals and anyone with an interest in studying dementia. This course will develop your specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
The Bachelor of Dementia Care has 24 units. Students may study part-time (1-2 units) or full-time (3-4 units) per semester. Students are advised to allocate 8 hours of study per week per unit of study. There are no formal examinations, all assessments occur throughout the semester.
Early completion points are available after completing the first 8 subjects (Diploma of Dementia Care) or 16 subjects (Associate Degree in Dementia Care)
Recommended Study Pattern
Students must complete 24 subjects from the schedule of subject offerings as outlined in the below study pattern:
- 8 first year core subjects including the selection of 1 foundation subject
- 6 second year core subjects
- 2 second year elective subjects
- 8 third year core subjects
Satisfactory completion of 24 subjects according to the recommended study plan, finishing within 7 years
Pick your subjects to begin.
Apply for the degree, or enrol directly into a subject. It's up to you!
You can apply for government funding or pay up-front.
This degree has open enrolment subjects which allow you to start without submitting a degree application.
You'll have the option to apply for the degree once you've successfully passed the subjects. In many cases, you'll even gain credit.